- Kayode Fayemi handed over to Ayodele Fayose as the Ekiti state governor and moved over to Abuja where he is currently the minister in charge of mines and steel
- The former governor is bitter with Fayose's aide and a member of the Ekiti state House of Assembly over some utterances they made against him and his government
Former Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has begun what could end up becoming a major battle with the aides of his successor, Ayodele Fayose.
Faymi, now the minister of Mines and Steel Development in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, has given a seven-day ultimatum to a member of Ekiti state House of Assembly, Dr Samuel Omotoso, as well as the special assistant on new media and public communications to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Mr Lere Olayinka, to retract the libellous statements against him in a live television programme aired in the state on July 6, 2016.
[caption id="attachment_958687" align="alignnone" width="800"] Kayode Fayemi, former governor of Ekiti state[/caption]
NAIJ.com is in possession of a letter on behalf of the minister from the law chambers of RO Balogun & Co, and dated November 19th, 2016.
In the letter, Dr Fayemi is asking both Omotosho and Olayinka to make a retraction and public apology, which must be given equal prominence like the offending statements and utterances made.
They are also to pay Fayemi N100 million for the offending statement within the period.
The letter warned that failure to do these would force him to institute a legal action against them.
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Omotoso and Olayinka had, during a live programme on Ekiti state Television (EKTV) tagged: 'Ejiire' on July 6, 2016, alleged that Dr Fayemi illegally took N1.5 billion from the state's treasury and gave it to President Mohammadu Buhari during the 2015 general election.
Buhari won the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
They also alleged that Fayemi looted the state's treasury, claiming that there was fraud in the purchase of vehicles for traditional rulers. Apart from this, they alleged an illegal withdrawal of N852 million SUBEB money .
Olayinka had had reportedly said during the programme: "Fayemi paid Ekiti N852 million into SUBEB account at Access Bank and now this is the fraud he committed: It was this money that qualifies Ekiti to receive Abuja’s N852 million SUBEB money, but immediately the money dropped into Ekiti SUBEB account, Fayemi just withdrew the state counterpart fund from the SUBEB account and Abuja SUBEB caught them red-handed in the fraud game, just like 419."
[caption id="attachment_1061539" align="alignnone" width="386"] The letter from Fayemi's lawyer[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1061540" align="alignnone" width="426"] The letter from Fayemi's lawyer[/caption]
Olayinka further reportedly said that Fayemi illegally collected N5 billion from Ecobank in the name of Fountain Holdings for purported road construction.
He also alleged that Fayemi borrowed money on behalf of the state to build a Government House for his wife and children. He said that Fayemi spent the state's funds to build a private university for himself in Ghana.
Omotoso said Fayemi refused to pay pensioners, but was "acting like armed robber and carted away Ekiti money", adding that he was not "just saying it for fun that Fayemi stole Ekiti money, but he went away with Ekiti money and destroyed the economy of the state."
In the letter by his lawyer, Chief RO Balogun, Fayemi has demanded a public apology with the same prominence they committed the alleged offence, retraction of the offensive comment and payment of N100 million within seven days of the receipt of the letter, otherwise they would be sued for criminal defamation of character.
The minister complained through that their utterances during the programme portrayed him as a very corrupt public office holder and fraudulent person who siphoned public funds at the detriment of Ekiti citizens.
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He also complained that he was exposed to "public ridicule, odium, opprobrium, embarrassment and unprecedented disrepute," arguing that the duo had done "incalculable and tremendous injury to his image and personality as an international figure."